Man held in rape of child

  • Oscar Halpert<br>Enterprise editor
  • Tuesday, March 4, 2008 6:57am

A judge Tuesday, March 27, ordered a Lynnwood youth basketball coach held on $100,000 bail pending investigation of an alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy.

The Snohomish County prosecutor’s Office had not filed charges against the suspect, Andrew Lee Kortegard, 31, as the Enterprise went to press March 28.

The suspect had been a basketball and soccer coach and referee for Boys &Girls Clubs of Snohomish County’s Alderwood branch, 19719 24th Ave. W., according to a police affidavit filed in Everett District Court.

Paul Seely, community development and operations director for the Boys &Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, said it appears the allegation stems from a social relationship between the boy and the suspect, not Kortegard’s activities with the youth club.

The Snohomish County prosecutor’s office told Seely there was not a direct link between the child-rape allegation and Kortegard’s coaching activities, Seely said. Club officials conducted a background check on Kortegard, which it routinely does for all lead volunteers, Seely said. He said he knows of no alleged impropriety by Kortegard in connection with the club.

According to a prepared statement from the sheriff’s office, the incident occurred inside Kortegard’s Lynnwood apartment in the 16600 block of Sixth Avenue West, where the boy spent the night. The suspect has been friends with the boys’ mother for about nine years, according to court documents.

According to the affidavit, the boy told his mother he had fallen asleep in Kortegard’s living room and Kortegard asked him to get into bed with him. The sexual assault allegedly occurred that morning.

Deputies began their investigation after the boy’s mother took her son to Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington, where she told deputies she was concerned that Kortegard “may try to hurt himself or them,” because he has “displayed suicidal tendencies in the past,” the affidavit said.

The boy’s mother also told a deputy that she’d spoken with Kortegard while police were trying to talk him out of his apartment and he told her “he was going to shoot himself with a 12-gauge shot gun” and that he has a “substantial gun collection and a concealed weapons permit,” the police affidavit said.

Sheriff’s detectives obtained a search warrant and served it at the man’s apartment Monday, March 26, said Spokeswoman Rebecca Hover.

The suspect initially came out of his apartment, then re-entered and refused to leave. Deputies temporarily evacuated nearby neighbors as a precaution.

Kortegard later exited his apartment after a 30 to 45-minute chat with detectives by telephone. He was arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail on one count of second-degree rape of a child, Hover said.

Jim Haley, a reporter with The Herald of Everett, contributed to this report.